The aftermath of a home fire is an exhausting mess of debris, smoke damage and soot.
Walls are stained black, floors are covered in soot, and ceilings are black. The lingering smell of smoke can be
overwhelming and debris can be dangerous to navigate. These leftover remnants are not only hazardous, but are also a
terrible reminder of a time that victims most likely would prefer to forget.
Fire damage cleanup is a difficult task that is best left to professionals.
When you experience this kind of damage, DO:
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot from being imbedded into your upholstery and carpeting.
- Keep your hands clean. Soot on hands can soil upholstery, woodwork and walls.
- Place old linens on rugs, upholstery and areas where there is traffic.
- Call the nearest SystemCare location to assess the damage and begin the cleaning process.
- Contact your insurance company to make a claim.
But DO NOT:
- Do not attempt to clean anything. Household cleaners applied to sooty surfaces may do more harm than good.
- Attempt to operate any electrical appliances that may have been close to the fire, heat or water.
- Use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
- Send your clothing to the drycleaners. Smoke/soot stained clothing require specialized cleaning.
- Wait to call our office for professional help! The longer you wait, the more damage will occur.